Grand Hyatt SFO: A terrific hotel connected to San Francisco’s airport

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I’m republishing this review because I had the opportunity to stay here again (in preparation for the 3 Cards, 3 Continents Challenge).  The experience was just as good as before, but this time I had a chance to try breakfast.  It was very good.  I added photos of the breakfast menu and my breakfast food below.  Except where noted, the rest of this post remains as published in May 2022…

Recently, my wife and I had a 5:40am flight out of San Francisco’s airport (SFO) and so we booked the night before at the Grand Hyatt SFO.  The Grand Hyatt is connected by SkyTrain to the airport so it’s extremely convenient to book the night before an early flight (it would also be a good choice when flying into SFO late at night).

Grand Hyatt SFO Bottom Line Review

This super-convenient hotel is seriously nice and surprisingly luxurious.  My room photos unfortunately don’t do it justice. From the photos, the room appears ordinary, but everything seemed a big step up from ordinary.  No, it’s not as luxurious as a Park Hyatt, but it’s still very nice.  It’s also worth mentioning that the hotel’s lobby area and restaurant are beautiful.  Dinner at the restaurant was very good too.  If I had a long layover at SFO, and for some reason didn’t have airport lounge access, I could easily imagine SkyTraining over to the hotel for a meal and/or drinks.

The best part of our stay was that the hotel was every bit as convenient as I had hoped.  After checking in and leaving our bags in the room, I dropped off our rental car at the airport’s rental car center and took the SkyTrain back to the hotel.  I was back in no time.  Then, the next morning we simply exited the hotel’s lobby, boarded the SkyTrain, and arrived at our departing terminal within minutes.  Sure, it’s not as convenient as a hotel that’s actually inside an airport (like the Hyatt at Orlando MCO), but it’s very close.

  • Points Price: Category 5, 17K, 20K, or 23K points per night.
  • Cash Price: Rooms seem to usually start at over $300 per night.
  • Points Value: Good to Very Good.  When cash rates are particularly high (sometimes around $500), then the point value is excellent.
  • Resort/Destination Fee: None
  • Parking:
    • Hotel Valet Parking: $40 overnight
    • Self-parking available at Hotel : $40 overnight
    • Self-parking available at International Terminal Garage A: $36 overnight
  • Turndown service: Probably not (I’m not sure because we checked in late for our one-night stay)
  • Internet: I didn’t test the quality
  • Dining:
    • Quail + Crane: Primary hotel restaurant open daily for breakfast and dinner. We had dinner here and it was very good.  UPDATE: On a second visit, I tried breakfast and it was very good as well.
    • Twin Crafts Market: Open 24 hours with a large menu of “on the go” options.
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Room: Looks great.  I didn’t try it.
  • Hyatt Globalist Elite Benefits: 
    • Welcome Gift: None
    • Upgrade: We were “upgraded” to a high floor tarmac view room, but not to a suite.
    • Club Lounge: The hotel does have a Grand Club and it was open, but with only very limited services at the time of our stay.  When I visited the club, it was completely empty of people, but there were packaged snacks and bottled drinks available.
    • Free Breakfast: Due to the fact that the club lounge had limited service, they offered us free breakfast at either the hotel restaurant or via the market where we could have grabbed a to-go breakfast before our flight.  In our case, though, we had been upgraded to Delta first class and knew we would get breakfast on the flight and so we skipped hotel breakfast altogether in order to make it easier to catch our 5:40am flight.  I was sorry to miss the free breakfast at the hotel restaurant.  Based on our dinner experience, I expect that breakfast is excellent.  UPDATE: On my second visit to the Grand Hyatt, the lounge was still limited service and so I had a chance to enjoy a free breakfast at the hotel restaurant (Qual + Crane).  It was very good.
    • 4PM Late Checkout: Granted upon request. We didn’t need it.
    • Free Parking: I didn’t test it, but on an award stay Globalists should get free self or valet parking. The valet let us leave the car with him for free while we checked in. I then returned the car to the rental car center.
  • Would I stay again?  Absolutely. Anytime I have an early morning flight out of SFO or arrive at SFO late at night, I’ll look to book a night here.

Photos and Captions Follow

SFO AirTrain

The AirTrain is a quick, convenient, and free way to move between terminals, parking, the rental car center, and the Grand Hyatt at SFO
View of the Grand Hyatt from the SkyTrain
AirTrain Map
After exiting the SkyTrain at the Grand Hyatt stop, descend the escalator to get to the hotel lobby.

Common Areas

Lobby
Twin Crafts Market
Fitness Center

Qual + Crane Restaurant

Breakfast menu
Eggs Benedict w/ side of fresh fruit.  The Eggs Benedict was very good.  I also appreciated the French Press Carafe (not shown) that they brought when I said yes to coffee.

Grand Club

The Grand Club was open for only very limited services during our stay. On the plus side, the club was completely empty (no staff even) and so I was able to take lots of photos…

View of the Grand Club from just inside the entrance
The Grand Club had very limited snacks and drinks at the time of our stay.
Another view of the Grand Club
And another view of the Grand Club

Room

I liked the glowing room numbers.
This photo makes the room look deceptively ordinary. It was actually very nice.
A great touch for those interested in plane-spotting: in-room binoculars and a plane spotting guide.

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P T

This has nothing to do with SFO, but instead IAH. If you had lounge access, but wanted to rest during the day, which hotel would you select? Anything worthwhile and easy at IAH?

Simon

Greg – lounge still unstaffed and offering a snack bowl only?

Last edited 22 days ago by Simon
Dugroz Reports

lounge “snacks” 🙂

Dee

It is our go-to hotel when we have early flights. We stayed there when lots of things were closed in San Fran during COVID! There was only the market open but now the restaurant has opened but with limited items tho tasty! And the bar is open. The rooms are modern and comfy and the staff very nice. The runways views of the International flights are fun too!

WR2

I’m local, had a FN certs to burn and a 6am flight, so I stayed at the regency instead. I’d love to check out the Grand Hyatt someday though. But if you’re on a FN cert or just cheap, the regency offers excellent globalist recognition. I got suite upgrade, and when I told them I had to leave before breakfast was open, they gave me vouchers for dinner…4 of them, so my friends and I ate well for free. It’s rather dated and cavernous, but its a pretty standard airport hotel that seems to be trying harder bc of the grand Hyatt.

Ric-stu

We stayed there on the way home from Hawaii to the east coast. Super easy to get to from terminals. We were off plane and in the room in less than 30 min. Hyatt status was recognized. They had upgraded us to a nicer room overlooking the run ways but it was 2 twins. We had 2 kids with us so we asked for 2 queens and they quickly accommodated us. Breakfast was really really good and we made it to our gate in 20 min from leaving our room on departure. Rooms were quite and well done. Lots of charging ports and friendly staff.

huey judy

What was the noise level in the room? I travel with a very light sleeper, so the quiet factor is important.

Frank

I stayed in a runway room last Dec. and didn’t notice the sound of planes at all.

LarryInNYC

There’s also a Hyatt Regency at the airport. Van connection, not the Skytrain. I stayed there before a flight during the depths of the pandemic and was impressed by the suite upgrade (to some kind of “business suite”) and the breakfast, which was carry-back-to-room only at that time but quite generous. As I recall this hotel prices out about half the cost of the Grand Hyatt.

Nate

I had a long stay at SFO with a small child. We were coming off our first flight in two years and wanted to be as close to a hotel as possible getting off our flight. I booked a base room for around $229 and used 9k points to upgrade to a premium suite, which is the executive suite here. The room was HUGE, with a dining table and two bathrooms. We were traveling with another guest and they had the connecting room so that was even more useful. I don’t regret the upgrade it was extremely relaxing and stress free to have that space especially with the kid.